Vice President for Health Policy
Health reform opponents like Senator Richard Burr (R - NC) have repeatedly attacked the Affordable Care Act (ACA) over the past year by pointing to insurers that cancelled existing, non-ACA-compliant individual market health plans. Yet, a health plan that Senator Burr and fellow Senate Republicans Tom Coburn (OK) and Orrin Hatch (UT) outlined in January would disrupt existing coverage far more.
As we explain in a new paper, their plan would likely cause millions who now have coverage through Medicaid, the new insurance marketplaces, and their jobs to lose it, while blocking millions more who are expected to obtain health insurance under health reform from gaining it in the future.
The Burr-Coburn-Hatch plan would repeal all of health reform except for certain Medicare provisions. In its place, it would convert much of Medicaid into block grants and create a new tax credit for people to buy health insurance primarily in the individual market. The plan has large gaps and lacks many essential details but, based on the public information available, it likely would:
The Burr-Coburn-Hatch plan claims to ensure affordable health care for patients as an alternative to, and replacement for, the ACA. In reality, it would make coverage less affordable, add substantially to the ranks of the uninsured, and move the United States backward, toward the poorly functioning individual market that existed before health reform.
Click here to read the full paper.